Shirt Factory packed with market and food options | Local


GLENS FALLS – As dusk settled on the grounds of The Shirt Factory, families gathered, stopping to view animals or looking at last-minute trinkets before vendors closed.

The weather was fine for an evening browsing the many food options offered in trucks or sold under large striped tents.

Some of the vendors were veterans familiar with the Thursday Market and Food Truck Corral and others were setting up shop for the first time.

Kelsey Preston had a tent with tables displaying handmade crystals and jewelry. It was his first time at the weekly summer festival selling items from his company Opal Rose Co., founded in April 2021.

Preston had a shelf just outside his facility to attract customers displaying a collection of clear jars with a crystal suspended above a bed of herbs, flowers and smaller crystals. The Pendulum Jars are described as a user-guided experience allowing each customer to customize the contents of her jar, an idea she had after the birth of her second daughter.

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Rob Mastrantoni was also attending the event for the first time with his portable wood-fired pizza oven in a prime location near one of the stages and the freshly squeezed lemonade tent.

“It’s my first summer doing mobile pizza,” he said as he kneaded the dough. “It was a great exhibit.”

The Sassy Sips tent has been decorated in a bright sky blue and white theme with shelves displaying customizable hand painted glassware.

Joann Beasich said her business started after painting wine glasses for a baby shower.

“I made these for the baby shower and everyone said, ‘That’s awesome’, so I made them for my whole family, then they said, ‘You know you can sell these’, so I I did,” she said as she packed up the display glasses at the end of the evening.

This is Beasich’s fourth year at The Shirt Factory, but she said she thinks the weather on some Thursdays has affected attendance this year.

She said attendance seemed better in early summer, when the community was thrilled with the return of the familiar event.

Thursday crowds again filled the picnic tables behind the large brick building late into the evening, eating from the surrounding options provided by the Mac Factor, as well as authentic rum cakes and a sweet pancake station and salted.

On the factory lawn, pony rides returned as always along with face painting and sand art activities for children.

Food trucks and vendors are at the Shirt Factory at 71 Lawrence St. in Glens Falls from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday through September 8.

Jana DeCamilla is a writer covering Moreau, Queensbury and Lake George. She can be reached at 518-742-3272 or [email protected]

Jana DeCamilla is a writer covering Moreau, Queensbury and Lake George. She can be reached at 518-742-3272 or [email protected]


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